|Yuba City, from the air|
|Nickname(s): Prune Capital of the World|
The Maidu people were settled in the region when they were first encountered by Spanish and Mexican scouting expeditions in the early 19th century. One version of the origin of the name "Yuba" is that during one of these expeditions, wild grapes were seen growing by a river, and so it was named "Uba", a variant spelling of the Spanish word uva (grape).
The Mexican government granted a large expanse of land which included the area in which Yuba City is situated toJohn Sutter, the same John Sutter upon whose land gold was subsequently discovered in 1848. He sold part of this tract to some enterprising men who wished to establish a town near the confluence of the Yuba River and theFeather River, tributaries of the Sacramento River, with an eye to developing a commercial center catering to the thousands of gold miners headed upstream to the gold fields. At the same time, another town was developing on the eastern bank of the Feather River, the beginnings of what later would become Marysville.
By 1852, Yuba City had one hotel, a grocery store, a post office, approximately 20 dwelling homes with a population of about 150.
The county seat for Sutter County, CA was chosen to be Yuba City in 1854. The same year, however, voters decided that Nicolaus, CA would be a better location, and the county seat was moved there. County voters returned to their first choice of Yuba City two years later, in 1856, and it has remained the county seat since.
Yuba City saw its first major influx of population after World War II, pushing residential areas west and south from the city's original center. Orchards were turned into residential areas as new homes were built to provide the amount of people migrating to the city.
Yuba City is home to the largest dried fruit processing plant in the world, Sunsweet Growers Incorporated. In 1988 Yuba City was home to the California Prune Festival. In 2001 the name was changed to the California Dried Plum Festival and in early 2003 directors announced the end of the festival's 15-year run in the Yuba-Sutter area. This was primarily due to rise in costs, difficulty in securing sponsors, and competition from other festivals.